The Unified Program (UP) is a consolidation of multiple environmental and emergency management programs and is overseen by the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA). The program protects Californians from hazardous waste and hazardous materials by ensuring local regulatory agencies consistently apply statewide standards when they issue permits, conduct inspections, and engage in enforcement activities.
Hazardous Materials Permit Process
California Fire Code (Sections 105.1.1 and 105.1.2) requires all buildings, devices, receptacles, and/or spaces utilized in the storage, transfer and application of hazardous materials receive prior authorization from the Fire Prevention Division.
Permits, associated plans, and/or drawings can be submitted to the Fire Prevention Division. Permits and associated plans found to be incomplete or incorrect will be not be processed. A City business license, contractor's state license, and permit application fee are required. Contact the Fire Prevention Division directly for detailed information on submissions.
In addition to the HMBP, California law mandates owners/operators of regulated USTs to provide particulars addressing system mechanics, leak/spill monitoring, financial responsibility, and emergency response.